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BDO highly ranked in M&A advisory again

24 January 2019

BDO AG Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft maintained its position in 2018 as one of Germany’s leading transaction advisory firms in the mid- and small-cap segment. In Thomson Reuters’ latest M&A review, BDO occupied an outstanding fourth place in both segments.

In categories with transaction volumes up to USD 500 million (mid-cap) and up to USD 50 million (small-cap), BDO - as measured by the number of deals they helped close - further cemented its position as one of Germany’s leading transaction advisory firms in these segments.

Particular proof of BDO’s strength and dynamism in M&A advisory lies in the narrow gap between BDO and the top spot in each table. BDO was six deals off first place in mid-caps, and only three in small-caps. For the second year running the gap has reduced dramatically in comparison to the previous year.

BDO also impressed on the international stage, with a significant rise in successful transactions where BDO International advised. Across the different advisory disciplines, BDO helped close a total of 1,440 deals, with an aggregate deal volume of USD 81.4 billion, significantly outperforming the record result of the previous year by 20 per cent and 50 per cent respectively. This global strength is reflected in the international Thomson Reuters league tables with an outstanding seventh place in the mid-cap and fifth place in the small-cap segment.

BDO also significantly improved its European ranking, securing a top-five spot in the mid-cap M&A segment, making BDO a leader in the corporate finance and transaction advisory sector.

‘We are absolutely delighted by this positive trend,’ says Parwäz Rafiqpoor, company executive and head of BDO’s legal and advisory division. ‘This lasting commercial success is further proof that our national and international corporate finance strategy is the right approach.’

‘We have consistently oriented our advisory approach towards our clients’ specific needs and requirements. Amid advancing globalisation, our clients, particularly mid-sized enterprises, need a full, professional one-stop advisory service with globally consistent quality standards. Our integrated, interdisciplinary approach to consulting boosts advisory efficiency, makes transactions less complex and eases the burden on our clients significantly in the transaction process,’ adds Dietmar Flügel, the head of the Corporate Finance department, who also runs M&A operations.

‘Increasingly, major international clients are feeling the benefits of our broad-based interdisciplinary approach, too,’ say his fellow department heads, Jan Odewald and Hartmut Paulus, in charge of transaction support and valuation respectively. They point to two recent transactions, one involving Vossloh AG and the other Novartis Group as examples of this approach in action. ‘Looking at our deal pipeline and current request for proposals we are very confident that we will further expand our major international client and mid-sized business in 2019.’